Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year! 2012

In one hour we will say hello to 2012. I plan on being fast asleep by then hopefully. Campbell has been sleeping in bed with me the past couple of nights. He had a double ear infection and an upper respitory infection last week and was having trouble sleeping/breathing in his room. For some reason he can breath better in our room than in his, and yes, there are humidifiers in BOTH our rooms.

ANYWAY, I am excited for the New Year. It really is going to be a NEW year for me too. I am going change this year, you wait and see. I have big plans. Getting BirchLane up and going is one plan which I have already made big steps on. Got my website up and going (you can find it here). Ordered my first business cards today. Looked into some advertising options too with some KC magizines. I also opened my own bank account today. I did this mostly for the money that I make from all my photography. But I am also going to put a little chunk of my paycheck in there as well. I'm talking like 5% so not much, but just so there is always a little something going in. I want to save for a new iMac and a better camera. Also this year, I hope to be running my first 5K. This is of course going to be a great challenge for me. But I have the motivation and I will run and train as hard as I can. The Warrior Dash is only 5 months away now and my Dad wants to run a 5K in March on St. Patricks Day. So really I only have 3 months to make this happen. Support me if you can and help motivate me, because for some reason, Dave has a hard time knowing how to motivate me.

Anyway, I have lots of other goals/resolutions for this year, but it's getting late and I'm tired. Hopefully tomorrow I can blog about my first run of the new year. Oh man, I just remembered that there is a 5K going on tonight at midnight here in KC and it is windy as heck outside! I feel sorry for those guys.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

BirchLane Photography

If you didn't already know, I am trying to kinda start up my own photography thing. I have a Facebook fan page here. I also finally got a website going. It's just a starter free one until I get enough in my BL account to pay the monthly rates on the ones where I get my own site name. So check me out here and pass me along to everyone you know. I'm ready to get started!


Christmas was wonderful. I don't have a lot of time to post too much, so here are some pictures to just show you.
 Emery got a Barbie Dream House
 Grandma Denise with Campbell
 My sister, brother, Dad and me
 Andrew and Campbell
A pretty typical picture of the kids together.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


I know I have not been blogging a lot lately, but there honestly hasn't been a whole lot going on. Stay tuned though, our annual "3 Christmas's crammed into 2 Days" is coming up and there are always lots of pictures from that =)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

To Early for New Years Resolutions??

During nap time at school today, I started writing down my New Years Resolutions. I think my sister likes to call them Goals. But, I thought really hard about them and tried to make them more realistic than 'Lose Weight'. So here is my list. For those of you that know me, I want to stick with these and feel free to encourage me at any point.

2012 New Years Resolutions

  • Get BirchLane Photography up and, advertising, 2 appts a month
  • Read at LEAST 12 books
  • Workout Regularly
  • Run my 1st 5K
  • Go on a REAL Vacation
  • Learn a New Hobby
  • Save $ for          -Retirement     -Kids College     -House     -Rainy Day
  • Write Grandparents at least Once a Month w/ Pictures
  • Cook Healthy Dinners (at least 3 times a week)
  • Get Family Pictures Taken

Think that is enough for now? I really want to stick to these too. Any advise on how to succeed at any of these is welcome.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Emery and Santa still are not friends, but Campbell could care less.

I took Emery to Zona Rosa last night for some Mommy Daughter time. We walked everywhere! She wanted to ride in the horse drawn carriage so bad! But it was an hour long wait! So I bought her a big ole' lollipop instead and she forgot all about it. Zona was beautiful though with all the lights and all the people.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Breakfast with Santa

This post is almost a week late (sorry!) but better late than never! Last weekend I took the kids to our schools Breakfast with Santa. Grandma and Grandpa Fialka met us there (as they say, it's just not Christmas if they don't hear Emery scream at Santa). We ate doughnuts. Campbell sat with Santa, Emery watched from a distance. And we did some fun art before heading home.